UK - The £8.5bn ($13.6bn) Aviva Staff Pension Scheme is looking to increase its allocations to real estate related assets to 15% over the next two years as it looks for long-term, liability matching assets.
CANADA - Staff at the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) could soon be compensated for how well they match liabilities.
US - The number of new mandates placed by US institutional investors increased 16% in 2010 with a sharp increase seen in specialist mandates like real assets, commodities and other alternatives.
FRANCE - Dutch regulations are "killing" pension funds by using a discount rate that forces them to de-risk, said Anton van Nunen, director of Van Nunen & Partners.
UK/NETHERLANDS - The number of pension plans adopting liability driven investing strategies has remained robust over the past year, with schemes in the UK and Netherlands leading the way, SEI says.
The number of pension plans adopting liability driven investing strategies has remained robust over the past year, with schemes in the UK and Netherlands leading the way, SEI says.
Pension funds are taking an increasingly tactical approach to liability driven investment hedging, F&C says.
GLOBAL - Pension funds in North America and Europe have different definitions of volatility and generally different approaches to dealing with those swings, a new report by Pyramis Global Advisors reveals.
Concerns over the demand for index-linked gilts following the decision to use CPI for pension increases have been exaggerated, F&C says.
GLOBAL - Corporate pension funds are continuing to move towards liability driven investment strategies, the Investment Management Association said.
Corporate pension funds in the UK and overseas are continuing to move towards liability driven investment strategies, the Investment Management Association says.
About half of all UK pension schemes have adopted a liability driven investment strategy in the wake of volatile markets, F&C Investments says.
ITALY - The financial crisis has shown the relative strength of the country's second pillar pension system in comparison with other forms of savings, Schroders' head of distribution for Italy Luca Tenani has said.
Giovanni Legorano speaks to Robert Gardner, co-founder and co-chief executive at Redington. Gardner takes us through some of the issues and opportunities pension funds are dealing with in the current market environment: inflation, the evolution of liability...
UK/US - State Street Corp. has taken a minority stake in PensionsFirst Analytics, which offers a web tool that can provide actuarial valuations on a daily basis, and has plans to take the London-based firm global.
CANADA - The C$32.6bn (US$32.5bn) Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) posted a 15.2% profit for 2009 on the back of gains in North American equities, according to its 2009 annual report.
Pension schemes took a step back from inflation hedging measures in the last quarter of 2009, figures from the latest F&C Liability Driven Investments survey show.
In recent times structured products have increasingly grown more attractive to Australian superannuation funds - a trend that is set to contune, as Rachel Alembakis reports
US - The funding status of US corporate pension plans rose to a six-month high in November, according to BNY Mellon Asset Management Statistics.
US - Institutional investors in the US could move some US$300bn to $500bn from US large-cap strategies in the next three to five years, a survey by Bank of America Merrill Lynch showed.
UK - Schemes hedged liabilities of more than £11.4bn (US$18.6bn) during the third quarter of the year, analysis from F&C revealed.
Schemes hedged liabilities of more than £11.4bn during the third quarter of the year, analysis from F&C reveals.
Fixed income covers an umbrella of investments and funds have been increasing their weighting towards it, as Sebastian Cheek reports
Henry E. Teitelbaum looks at the need for increased regulation and the investment opportunities that public-private partnerships will bring